World Cup: Qatar on the brink

Senegal, finally effective offensively, offered Africa its first victory (3-1) at the 2022 World Cup on Friday, while Qatar, more playful than at the opening but still weighed down by its many individual errors, is approaching dangerously out of the way.

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Dominated late in the first match by the Netherlands, the next opponent of the host country, the Lions are thus reviving with a view to a ticket in the round of 16 which they will seek to obtain on Tuesday against Ecuador.

In the Al-Thumama stadium in Doha, far from being full at kick-off, reigning Asian champions Qatar took another step towards an elimination which will be confirmed if Ecuador do not beat the Countries -Bas in the other match of group A. This would earn them the first host country kicked out of their tournament after just two games.

If the “Annabi” find themselves there, they owe it largely to the many technical errors they still made throughout the game.

The palm of the day goes to defender Khoukhi who, by completely missing his clearance before finishing his buttocks in the grass, allowed Dia to shoot Barsham (41st).

A scenario hard to swallow for Qatar who, despite the technical and physical domination of Senegal, then seemed more liberated than against Ecuador and could even have obtained a penalty first. It would have been necessary for the referee to judge the clumsy charge in the back of Sarr on Afif (34th) illicit.

Qatar saves honor

Once in front, Senegal felt more at ease to answer the doubts born from their inoffensive attack against the Oranje. First thanks to a nice uncrossed header from Diedhiou after a corner (48th) then by a dry shot from Dieng (84th).

But unlike the first match, Qatar was not disunited and, after two excellent parades by Édouard Mendy (63rd, 67th), much more on the legs than against the Dutch, Muntari (78th) ended up saving the honor , with a powerful head. This first goal in the World Cup for Qatar rewards a more balanced performance and has the value of encouragement.

After curling the ridiculous Sunday, the local selection can rejoice to have succeeded in presenting a face more in line with expectations. By remaining this time until stoppage time when they had quickly deserted the stands against Ecuador, his supporters were not mistaken.

Opposite, the African champion, who conceded at least one goal for the ninth time in a row in the World Cup, will not always be able to count on such a generous welcome and will have to continue to raise his level if he wants to last.

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